Sylvia Laksmi
Senior Advisor/Researcher the Indonesian Government

Sylvia Laksmi, an Indonesian national, is a renown subject matter expert in the field of International Relations and Terrorism Studies-International Security. She has worked as a Senior Advisor/Researcher in the Indonesian Government since 2007 in the specialised areas of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing investigations.

Sylvia is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at the National Security College (NSC), The Australian National University. Her other notable portfolios include the followings:

  • Teaching Fellow of Military and Defence Studies Program for Australian War College at the Australian National University
  • Adjunct Lecturer at Charles Sturt University, Canberra
  • Research Fellow at International and Strategic Studies at the University of Malaya
  • Visiting Scholar at ICPVTR, RSIS-NTU, Singapore
  • Senior Researcher at Centre for Terrorism and Radicalism Studies (CTRS) – Indonesian Police Science College

Her works at NSC include analysis on CTF policies and the impact they have on terrorist operations in Southeast Asia and Asia-Pacific, including how technologies are used to enhance the various aspects of application. Her efforts provided authorities with comprehensive maps (on terrorist financing issues) and strategies against acts of terrorism-criminal financing; especially in the social network arenas.

Apart from her research works, Sylvia is also an established trainer who had provided training to government officers and private sector specialists domestically as well as at the international level. Profoundly in 2016, she was called upon to be a member of the National and Regional Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Team to develop Risk Assessment Projects and a training syllabus.

Given her considerable depth and credibility, Sylvia has been called upon to assist the Philippines government in a project for Peace Youth Communities to generate counter-narratives against IS-inspired groups and the Communist Party.